Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
Advocaat Snowball Cocktail – A Retro ’70s Drink
I remember my parents throwing cocktails parties in the ’70s when Snowballs were all the rage, especially at Christmas. Well, those ’70s cocktails are right back in fashion – so I was delighted to be given a fabulous gift box from Warninks with everything I needed to make my own perfect Snowball Cocktail plus with a truly retro canary yellow Warninks Advocaat Christmas jumper!
I have to admit I wasn’t quite brave enough to wear it myself, as I look horribly pale and ill in yellow at the best of times, but my gorgeous daughter was on hand, keen to assist me in making some Snowballs. I thought she might carry it off with a certain amount of style, and she did!
Snowballs are made with Advocaat, lemonade and a dash of lime. They peaked in popularity in the sixties and seventies, and they were one of the most popular drinks at the time.
Advocaat is a Dutch liqueur made with brandy, sugar, and eggs. It originates from a Dutch word and is short for advocatenborrel which translates as ‘drink that lubricates the throat of a lawyer’ or ‘lawyer’s drink’ – it’s deliciously creamy and really rather nice on its own. But, probably best not to get too addicted to neat Advocaat – a Snowball Cocktail is a much healthier option.
Advocaat tastes like a creamy brandy custard. Though it’s often called “Dutch eggnog,” advocaat uses only the egg yolks, so it has a deep and rich flavour. Delicious!
A simple recipe for a classic Advocaat Snowball cocktail made with Warninks Advocaat and Lemonade
- 50 ml Warninks Advocaat
- 50 ml Lemonade
- 25 ml Fresh squeezed lime juice
Shake the Advocaat and lime juice over ice.
Strain and pour into a medium-sized glass
Top with lemonade
Garnish with some grated nutmeg and a slice of lime
An Iconic 1970s Cocktail - Advocaat Snowball
Since Advocaat is basically boozy custard, you can personalize your recipe in any number of creative ways. You could always try adding vodka, gin, brandy, whiskey or rum or perhaps substitute the lemonade with prosecco. And, for that classic 70s garnish, add a glace cherry to your Advocaat Snowball!
So if you fancy a truly festive nostalgic Christmas cocktail why not give my recipe for an Advocaat Snowball cocktail a go!